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Balance needed to fight Covid, revival of economy: Rama

CEBU City Vice Mayor Michael “Mike” Rama said the government must balance the revival of the once strong economy and the fight the Covid-19 pandemic so the people will not suffer further.

“We should be mindful that the health challenge is not only Covid-19. We are also looking at other infectious diseases like tuberculosis, dengue, and polio. These are health cases that everybody must be mindful,” Rama said.

Earlier, Businessman Rey E. Calooy, chairman of the Filipino-Cebuano Business Club (FilCeb); Businessman Philip Tan, management representative to the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) 7; Businessman Bunny Pages who owns restaurants and a school; and businessman Felix Taguiam, president of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI), said that another lockdown and the economy will collapse

Rama is the chairman of the Committee on Health with City Councilor Prisca Mabatid as vice chair.

Mabatid, chairperson of the Cebu City Cooperative Development Council (CCCDC), is also advocating food production as one way of surviving Covid-19 pandemic

Rama said that while Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella is working at home, he prays to God that he (Labella) will completely recover soon so he can be available at his office.

“We will have to look forward that we have days to combat the continuing rise in Covid-19 cases. But optimistically, we see that all our facilities, hospital occupancy, all rules that are accredited by DOH for the purpose of catering Locally Stranded Individuals (LSI) and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), who should observe strict protocol compliance,” Rama said.

Rama also said that they must encourage the members of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) to take a look for the second time at the project “Balik Buhay.”

“We should always make a balance between the economy and public health. We should all be mindful that health challenges do not only involve Covid-19 but other aspect of infectious diseases. Tuberculosis, dengue and polio, among others are major concerns that we cannot ignore,” Rama said. ELIAS O. BAQUERO